FIU Programs/Initiatives

Middle East Studies Program

Western Indian Ocean Studies Initiative

Pakistan Studies Initiative

Archived Video Lectures:

April 5th, 2022: "The Perils of Hindutva Islamophobia in India and Kashmir." Featuring guest speaker Dr. Angana P. Chatterji (University of California, Berkeley). Moderated by Dr. T.J. Liguori.

March 22nd, 2022: "The Golden Mean between Secular and Religious Fundamentalisms: Revisiting al-Farabi’s al-Madinah al-Fadilah and Ideologies of Abu Bakr al-Razi and al-Ghazali." Featuring guest speaker Professor Dawood Mirza (University of Karachi). Commentary by Dr. T.J. Liguori. Moderated by Dr. Iqbal Akhtar.

March 8th, 2022: "Muslim Women: Challenges and Resilience." Panel discussion featuring Dr. Jessy Abouarab, Dr. Lana Shehadeh, Dr. Zafreen Jaffery, Ms. Tehsin Siddiqui, and Dr. Carlos Grenier. Moderated by Dr. Naisy Sarduy.

February 21st, 2022: "Masjid Al-Ansar: Documenting the History and Vision of Florida's Oldest Muslim Community." Panel discussion featuring Dr. Afrah Hamin, Mr. Abdul-Haleem Muhsin, and Dr. Carlos Grenier. Moderated by Dr. Iqbal Akhtar.

November 9th, 2021: "Allama Iqbal's Legacy: Modern Islamic Philosopher and Mystic Poet." Panel discussion featuring Mr. Qasim Qureshi, Dr. T.J. Liguori, Dr. Mohammad Homayounvash, Dr. Iqbal Akhtar, and Ms. Ana Ramsha. Moderated by Dr. Naisy Sarduy.

September 8th, 2021: "Twenty Years After 9/11: An In-Depth Look at U.S. Foreign Policy in Afghanistan and the Middle East." Keynote address by Mr. Peter Bergen, who discusses his latest book, The Rise and Fall of Osama bin Laden. The keynote address was followed by a panel discussion on U.S. foreign policy in Afghanistan and the Middle East ft. Dr. Eric Edelman, Dr. Vanda Felbab-Brown, and Dr. Mohamad Homayounvash. Moderated by David Kramer.

August 31st, 2021: "Return of the Taliban: Afghanistan 20 Years Later." Panel discussion featuring Dr. Nazif Shahrani, Dr. Thomas Breslin, Dr. T.J. Liguori, and Dr. Mohammad Homayounvash. Moderated by Dr. Naisy Sarduy.

July 15th, 2021: "One God: Three Faiths, Celebrating Prophet Abraham and Eid al-Adha." Panel discussion in the spirit of interfaith harmony and celebration, in which the speakers take the audience on an intellectual journey through the Abrahamic family of Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Featuring Rabbi Robyn Fisher, Hon. Norman O. Hemming III, and Dr. Aisha Subhani. Moderated by Daniel Alvarez.

April 15th, 2021: 4th Annual FIU Iftar: Reflecting on a year that separated us, but also brought us closer together- featuring FIU President Mark B. Rosenberg, Dean John F. Stack Jr., Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava, Dr. Mohsin Jaffer, Dr. Mohiaddin Mesbahi, Saif Ishoof, Dr. Aisha Subhani, Imam Dr. Abdul Hamid Samra, Brian Siegal, Laurie Hafner, and Mohamed K. Ghumrawi.

April 8th, 2021: "The Plight of the Rohingya: An Assessment of a 21st Century Genocide." Panel discussion featuring Grisel d'Elena, Dr. John G. Oates, Dr. Navine Murshid and Mr. Meer Hossain. Moderated by Professor Daniel Alvarez.

March 24th, 2021: "MFJMCE Conference: European Union-Middle East Relations in a Changing World." To view the program agenda and list of panels and speakers, click here.

February 25th, 2021: "Race and Justice in 21st Century America: Legacies and Contributions of African-American Muslims" Panel discussion featuring Professor of Law Cyra Akila Choudhury, Dr. Michael Muhammad Knight, Hon. Norman O. Hemming III, Imam Dr. Nasir Ahmed. Moderated by Professor Daniel Alvarez.

November 17th, 2020: "The MFJMCE Roundtable: An Update on EU-Iran Relations.” Panel discussion featuring Dr. Shireen Hunter, Mr. Eldar Mamedov, Dr. Mohammad Homayounvash and Dr. Eric Lob. Moderated by Dr. Markus Thiel.

October 19th, 2020: "The Muslim Vote and the 2020 Elections: A Roundtable Discussion" Panel discussion featuring Dr. Eduardo Gamarra, Dr. Dario Moreno, Professor of Law Cyra Akila Choudhury, Yasir Billoo and Afifa Khaliq. Moderated by Calvin Hughes (Channel 10 News).

October 14th, 2020: "Islam and Muslims in America: Past, Present and Future"-Featuring world renowned scholar on Islamic Studies and Islam, Dr. Seyyed Hossein Nasr. Panel discussion ft. Dr. Mohsin Jaffer and Dr. Aisha Subhani. Moderated by Mohamed K. Ghumrawi.

October 13th, 2020: "Reframing Syrian Refugee Insecurity through a Feminist Lens: The Case of Lebanon"- Books and Books event featuring author Jessy Abouarab. Panel discussion with Dr. Susanne Zwingel, Dr. Eric Lob and Dr. Claire Porter. Moderated by Mohamed K. Ghumrawi.

September 21st, 2020: "Global Mind Change Symposium"- Featuring world-renowned scholar on Islamic Studies, Dr. Seyyed Hossein Nasr (54:00).

September 15th, 2020: "Haghia Sophia: Reflections on History, Faith and Politics"- Panel discussion featuring Dr. Cemil Aydin, Dr. Emily Neumeier, Dr. Mohammad Homayounvash and Dr. Carlos Grenier.

July 23rd, 2020: "COVID-19 and the Muslim-American Community's Grassroots Response"- Panel discussion featuring Dr. Mohsin Jaffer, State Representative Nickolas Duran, Dr. Aisha Subhani, Dr. Husain Nagamia, and Mohamed K. Ghumrawi.

May 20th, 2020: "#305 Iftar: A Place to Break Bread and Reflect on Community"- FIU's first ever "virtual" Iftar featuring FIU President Mark B. Rosenberg, Dean John F. Stack Jr., City of Miami Mayor Francis Suarez, Dr. Mohsin Jaffer, Dr. Mohiaddin Mesbahi, Saif Ishoof, Nestor Rodriguez, Imam Dr. Abdul Hamid Samra, Consul General of Canada in Miami the Hon. Susan Harper, Shabbir Motorwala, Brian Siegal, Lana Shehadeh and Mohamed K. Ghumrawi.

May 15th, 2020: "South Asia in the Age of Pandemic: Regional Perspectives on COVID-19"- Panel discussion featuring Dr. Iqbal Akhtar, Dr. Bina Sengar, Dr. Mohamad Junaid, Dr. Amit Ranjan, Dr. Aparna Malaviya, Dr. Sadia Mahmood, and Dr. T.J. Liguori.

May 5th, 2020: "Ramadan and Fasting: An Interfaith Conversation"- Panel discussion featuring Mohamed K. Ghumrawi, Dr. Aisha Subhani, Rabbi Judith Siegal, Reverend Dr. Laurie Hafner and Pastor Judge Norman Hemming III.

April 14th, 2020: "Iran and the Coronavirus: From Government Mismanagement to Economic Sanctions"- Panel discussion featuring David Kramer, Dr. Eric Lob, Dr. Naisy Sarduy, Dr. Mohammad Homayounvash, and Dr. Richard Nephew.

March 9th, 2020: "His Own Self is a Righteous Muslim: The Nation of Islam and Islamic Tradition"- Lecture by Dr. Michael Muhammad Knight (University of Central Florida)

March 8th, 2020: "The Place and Space of African-American Muslims in the South"- Panel discussion featuring Imam Dr. Nasir Ahmed, Judge Norman Hemming, Dr. Michael Muhammad Knight and Dr. Afrah J. Hamin.

March 5th, 2020: "In Quest of the Divine: The Spiritual Journey in Islamic Thought"- Lecture by Dr. Saiyad Nizamuddin Ahmad.

February 10th, 2020: "Religious Freedom and Civil Rights: Challenges and Prospects for American Muslims"- Panel Discussion featuring Mr. Eric Treene (U.S Department of Justice), Law Professor Cyra Choudhury and attorney Yasir Billoo.

December 3rd, 2019: "Islamophobia and Brexit"- Lecture by Dr. Sureyya Yigit (Regional Development Studies Institute).

October 21st, 2019: "America's War in Afghanistan: The failure of US-Taliban Peace Talks and its Consequences"- Lecture by Dr. Nazif Shahrani (Indiana University).

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